When CPAP masks become too much to handle, many sleep apnea sufferers simply abandon treatment all together. It’s a fact. Not only is this medically risky, it’s completely unnecessary. There are many different types of surgery for sleep apnea and snoring if you are noncompliant with your CPAP mask.
Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that causes your sleep to be disrupted by pauses of breathing. As disrupting as snoring can be, it is far from the worse symptom of sleep apnea. Left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious and life-shortening consequences: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, depression, and other ailments.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment is often prescribed to snoring and sleep apnea suffers, since it is highly effective. Unfortunately, up to 80% of those with CPAP machines do not use them. Bulky masks can be difficult to sleep with, and many users deal with leaks that are noisy or cause air to blow onto the face or eyes.
But it is important to note that surgery may be a multi-step process involving more than one procedure. And also you may need to continue using CPAP even when surgery successfully reduces the severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Here we list five of the most common types of surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
CPAP treatment is a wonderful option, but it’s not for everyone. If using a CPAP machine is not the right therapy for you, there are CPAP alternatives, like oral appliances and the surgeries listed above.